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We are here today. For the case of ohio versus charles reader case numbers. Twenty nine thousand nine hundred. Cr six eight The quarter now here from mr lean. I stayed here before you today to take accountability for my actions to accept responsibility for my conduct share of ohio. I should is me thing that i've worked for professionally and honorably for twenty. Five years was trip to me with nobody disappointing but my stuff. If i could go back and jaded i would a million times. This is not. Hawaii never ever did. I imagine myself on the victim side. This court group. That i've spent twenty five years of my life in this down in law enforcement. I am a good person. Make bad decisions and choices prayed. Quite mercy on me this is. The massacre returned. Pike county season two episode five to protect and serve. I'm gordon armstrong. A television producer. Kt studios with stephanie. Decker and jeff shane on the morning of april twenty. Second two thousand sixteen the pike county. Sheriff's office responded to calls of multiple homicides in what would soon be considered ohio's notorious mass murderer seven adults and one sixteen year. Old boy were found in four different locations along a country road in pike county. We know all of these victims. All members of the road in family shooting. Sift town of piped-in numb a lot of unanswered questions as to how this unfolded and who is responsible for them as news of the tragedy emerged. The nation. turn to the area's top law enforcement official for answers. Pike county sheriff charlie reader to give a brief update on what we are doing at this time. I have Deputies from my county and other counties that are keeping the scene secured. here's reporter jane's culture. He's the one updating the media. he's the one who's available. He's the one when you wanted to ask how things are going. He was the one that you call so he began. The face of the investigation early on this investigation is very large. One probably the largest in pike county than we've ever had been a part of this very tragic. I want everybody to be patient but understand that we are working around the clock twenty four hours a day but this is going to be a very lengthy process. Reporter engineer levy covered many of readers briefings during the course of the road and murder investigation. You know he was out in front of this standing next to the attorney general at the time doing press conferences with him and he often became very emotional and people. There were a lot of people in pike county who really really liked ten. You came in like thieves in the night and took eight. Life's some being children. We are getting closer. The family and the victims will have justice. One day charlie. Reader by all accounts is somebody who grew up in pike county. He did not come from a well to do family or anything like that. A lot of people out in pay county or poor. he worked for many years for the pike. County prosecutor rob john his investigator and at some point charlie reader was appointed the sheriff by the democratic party in pike county criminal defense attorney mike allen remembered readers two thousand sixteen landslide election. He got seventy five percent is opponent got twenty. Five percent is pretty unheard of in any kind of election so at one point he was pretty popular. Sheriff there were a lot of people in the community who felt that he did some good things at the sheriff's office when he first still felt like he. cleaning up crime in the streets southern ohio has very major drug problem with opioids in methamphetamine. Sentinel and all of it and a couple of members of the community claims that reader really was there for the family after one of their members died from a drug overdose and health. Plan a memorial tree in his honor so he was very approachable. Key was out and about in the community. Much more charlie. Reader printed himself as the people sheriff during the height of the road and murder investigation. Sheriff readers passionate pleas for justice earned him the trust of his community as a sheriff pike. County were at three hundred fifty six days into this investigation of got a message for the killers. We will find you. We will arrest you and you will be prosecuted. As this case niche forward. The spotlight grew brighter and brighter and that area. Because of this case and i think he enjoyed the spotlight to a degree. I think he had greater political aspirations as well. Here's producer chris graves speaking with investigative reporter. Jodi bar he covered the road. Murder case for fox news nineteen in cincinnati. What kind of power does a sheriff wheeled in a community like fight county. He was the closest to the people. Pike county and you see that with a lot of elected officials in more rural areas that you know the sheriff is literally the top dog in the county. He is the face of law enforcement. He controls what happens with law enforcement. Where patrols happen and he so as far as an elected official as far as a person holding. Power your sheriff in these areas demand. Something like that. Go to someone's head you've worked in law enforcement yourself for quite a while. Oh yeah you see it. a lot. Police chief sore sheriffs or somebody who's recently promoted to a supervisory position. I mean thank goodness. That doesn't happen to a lot of them but some of them the dodge now whether that happened here not i don't know but yeah that that very much could happen as the rodman moved into. Its second year. Some disquieting rumours about sheriff reader began to surface as we began to spend more time out there. We started hearing the rumblings that arison corruption out there. We had heard rumors about him. Intimidating people and possibly taking.